Each year, many people make New Year’s resolutions the last week of December. It may be to correct a bad habit or to otherwise better their life, but most find they don’t hold to that goal much past February. Here are five tips to help you see success with what you hope to accomplish in the new year.
1. Have a game plan
Merely saying you will do something is usually not enough to actually do it, especially when it comes to resolutions. Create a plan that will allow you to be successful. Want to stop smoking? Decide how you will reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke each day until you have quit. Want to lose weight? Set short-term goals that lead up to your long-term/ultimate goal weight.
2. Stay focused
Don’t let one night of fun ruined any success you have made. That one piece of cake or glass of alcohol may seem appealing at the moment, but it won’t be worth the guilt and possible backtracking you will experience after the fact.
3. Don’t call them resolutions
Some people find referring to their goals as New Year’s resolutions dooms them from the start. Instead, simply calling them goals or your plan or whatever you want to call them may be easier on your mindset.
4. Set realistic expectations
Not all resolutions can be accomplished in one year. For example, if you have over 100 pounds to lose, it may be impossible to meet your resolution. It would be better to shoot for losing 60, for example, in order to meet and possibly exceed your goals as well as feel accomplished.
5. Accountability is important
Some people may find it easier to achieve their resolutions if they have an accountability partner. Maybe it’s your spouse, a friend, or someone online who wants to achieve similar goals. No matter who it is, having someone to share your success with and to check in with can be a great way to go.